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    Re: Another 1907ish A4

    Looks like the whole top is giving in above the soundhole like one (too) often sees on bowlbacks.

    Mick
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    Re: 1959 Sorkin/Stradolin Catalogue Pages

    Not meaning to diverge, but I wonder if Diego Garber or one of our NYC bubs could give us some lowdown on the Sorkin concern.

    This catalog cover from 1964 is amazing. Poindexter dude getting his...
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    Re: 1959 Sorkin/Stradolin Catalogue Pages

    "Maximum tonal freedom".

    There's some '50s Mad Men at work.

    Mick
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    Re: 1924 Gelas double-top flatback

    I know that's right. Pretty adventurous pricing.

    Our friend, Martin, has one that he fiddled with into playability. He described the challenge of setting it up with that particular bridge...
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    Re: 1924 Gelas double-top flatback

    I've got one of these, Jo, in need of some repair attention. Same model I believe.

    I'm appreciating the coincidence of a number of French mandolins up for discussion across various threads at the...
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    Re: Flatbacks of note

    Well, if any of us deserves to be....I would vote for Victor....;)

    Mick
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    Re: Flatbacks of note

    Where's Victor the K?

    "Phrynnis or Phrynis of Mytilene was a celebrated dithyrambic poet of ancient Greece, who lived roughly around the time of the Peloponnesian War....

    He belonged to the...
  8. Re: Help identify George Washburn M 2 Mandolin

    That one is particularly creepy, Jill.

    A knock off of a Gibson snakehead A but bearing a knock off brand name of another venerable midwest builder.

    All the more reason why I'm such a fan of...
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    Re: Unsigned Loar on Reveb

    Wow. A couple of old white dudes gassing off.....:(

    Helpful to note that not everyone is so "unsure". Whether they like it or not.

    Maybe if some old white dudes play some of it? ...
  10. Re: Latest ignorant question: Bout like "boot" or like boxing mat

    And which syllable do you emphasize....;)

    Mick
  11. Re: Latest ignorant question: Bout like "boot" or like boxing mat

    Ha! That's sport where I come from, Ranald. North (where y'all are from) most certainly has three syllables.....;)

    Mick

    I just finished WJ Eccles "The French in North America" and enjoyed...
  12. Re: Latest ignorant question: Bout like "boot" or like boxing mat

    As a Southerner, I gently offer that I often find northern accents to be much less than gentle on the ear. In all their variety.

    I've enjoyed this discussion that Sheila raised as I have been...
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    Re: A very water-damaged bowlback

    Looks like someone used it as an oar, Jo.

    Mick
  14. Re: Unique description of a beautiful 1923 A4, for sale in Japan

    Maybe.

    "Settle for a look is the style that gives off the aura, is a vintage mandolin to make me forget the time that goes by when you play."

    Might even be an improvement on the original...
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    Re: 1920ish Martin built? For S.S. Stewart

    Ha! Actually, Allen, I was thinking of a fellow here a couple years ago who was convinced that his bowlback was a Vinaccia. Absolutely.

    Except it had another label in it.

    We went through a...
  16. Re: Why did Gibson return to Paddleheads after Snakeheads?

    This is very interesting....I did not know this but wondered from time to time. The Kalamazoo logo on the headstock on my KM11s always seemed a bit cramped up there.

    So you think these were stock...
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    Re: 1920ish Martin built? For S.S. Stewart

    I don't really think there is much room for further debate here. If the OP wants to believe he has a Martin then.....;)

    We've gone through this type of discussion many many times here where...
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    Re: "Marcelli" Bowlback

    From a basic web search there seems to be quite a range of mandolins bearing a "Marcelli" branded tailpiece, from the so-called "pocket mandolins" to the "bulge back" German models to quite plain...
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    Re: This is how Gibson looked to Czechs

    Classic "Gilson" quality. Accept no substitutes.

    Mick
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    Re: "Marcelli" Bowlback

    Quite a lot of differences between the two mandolins....One of the more pronounced is the neck profile, very V shaped on the OPs and rounded on yours. Makers stamp is not present on the OPs as well...
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    Re: Bowl back identification

    Jim, that double lobed headstock is pretty common on Catanese mandolins. I wouldn't feel comfortable making an attribution based on that detail alone.

    "Simpler....and more tasteful" isn't going...
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    Re: Bowl back identification

    I think Nick is on it with the Sicilian suggestion: the multiple courses of top edge banding (which I enjoy) the free form floral pick guard, headstock profile, beefy bridge and carved wooden sleeve...
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    Re: Bowlbacks of Note

    Assolutamente meraviglioso.

    Please post pictures of yours, if you will. I enjoy the link you shared. The case in finto guscio di tartaruga is superb.

    Mick
  24. Re: Who made this mandolin: Angelo Mannello ?

    Fair play to you.

    Given the bowl ornamentation, Mannello would be one of my first guesses, too.

    The F holes naturally make one think of Waldo, who did produce some highly decorated mandolins,...
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    Re: "Marcelli" Bowlback

    What's enjoyable about this mandolin is that it appears to be a low end German-ic copy of a Sicilian copy of a Roman mandolin.

    The exuberant design collaging of the Catanians sometimes brought...
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